On Good Friday, the day Christians remember Jesus having been betrayed, arrested, quickly tried and convicted, then crucified and buried, our sanctuary will be open from noon until 3 p.m. for anyone interested in quiet meditation and prayers. Should you be unable to come here on Friday, April 19th during these hours, we offer the following for your family or personal devotions.
The ancients called this day “Triumph of the Cross”
reminding us to gather not to mourn this day,
but to celebrate Christ’s life-giving passion
and thus find strength and hope in the tree of life.
As you consider these readings, listen carefully for signs
that affirm God is Good.
Throughout this day, as you ponder these readings,
members of our Worship Committee, Congregational Care Committee, or the Pastor
will be available to sit with you and pray alongside you.
Please silence all cell phones and other devices to enhance your time with God.
Invitation To Worship Isaiah 53:4
Surely he has borne our griefs
and carried our sorrows;
All the while we thought
that his suffering was punishment sent by God.
But because of our sins he was wounded,
beaten because of the evil we did.
We are healed by the punishment he suffered,
made whole by the blows he received.
All of us were like sheep that were lost,
each of us going his own way.
But the LORD made the punishment fall on him,
the punishment all of us deserved.
Prayer of the Day
for our sake Christ Jesus allowed us to betray him,
and allowed himself to be given into angry hands,
and allowed himself to suffer death on a cross;
look with mercy on your people again,
may we confess our sins, turn back to you,
and receive your overflowing love.
Moment of silent reflection…
This we ask in the name of our Lord Jesus the Christ,
who now lives with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever and ever. Amen!
In these two chapters, John summarizes
Jesus’ arrest, trial, conviction, crucifixion, and burial.
Some cultures consider a rooster to be a Christian symbol.
How have you responded when “the rooster” called for you?
Mathew and Mark record Jesus reciting the first verse of this Psalm
as he hung from the cross.
At that time, before chapter and verse numbers were invented,
merely citing an opening verse indicated reading of an entire Psalm or chapter.
How does this Psalm offer hope in the face of trial?
Having gained complete restoration through Christ,
how have you encouraged those around you?
Prayers From and For the People and The Lord’s Prayer
O crucified Jesus, Son of the Father,
conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary,
eternal Word of God, we worship you.
You came into the world not to condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through you,
so that all who trust in you
might be delivered from the power of sin and death
and become heirs to eternal life.
Hear our/my prayers
for the whole Church:
for its witness and service wherever it is found,
for its leaders and the people whom they serve,
increase your love and preserve your peace in it.
Hear our/my prayers
for all nations and all peoples:
for those in authority and those who seek office,
and for all who serve for the common good.
Assist them, O Spirit,
that they may seek your justice and truth
so all people may live in peace and harmony.
Hear our/my prayers
for all who suffer in body, mind or spirit:
for the hungry and the homeless,
for the destitute and the oppressed,
for those suffering persecution, doubt, or despair,
for the sorrowful and bereaved,
and especially for …
Comfort and relive them, O Father,
grant them knowledge of your love,
stir up in us/me patience and desire to minister with them.
Hear our/my prayer
for all who have not received your Good News:
for those who have never heard the words of salvation,
for those who have lost their faith,
for those who have become indifferent to Christ,
for those who are enemies of your cross and your disciples.
Open their hearts to truth, O Christ,
teach us/me how to lead them to faith and obedience.
Eternal God of unchanging power and light,
look with mercy upon your whole Church.
Bring completion to your saving work.
Hear us/me now O Lord as we pray the prayer you taught us/me to say:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your Kingdom come, your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.